Parents are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of “going green.” Not only does living an organic lifestyle protect the planet, but we protect ourselves and our families from harmful substances and ensure we don’t overspend our planet’s resources.
The first three years of your baby’s life (and her time spent in the womb) are important for her development and her body is sensitive to every substance she comes in contact with. The sooner you adopt an organic lifestyle, the safer your child will be.
It’s easier to raise a baby in an organic household than you may think. Try incorporating one change at a time. When you’re comfortable with a new part of your life, include another. Use these five tips to raise your baby organic.
1. Organic Food
Organic food products are easier to come by today than ever before. Most supermarkets in the country have an organic section. If you’re breastfeeding, eat organic food so it’s passed on to your child. Organic baby formula is available for mothers who don’t breastfeed. If you have a hard time finding organic baby food jars, make your own baby food. Puree your favorite organic products for great flavors and savings.
2. Organic Clothing and Toys
Use clothes and toys made from safe, organic products without harmful chemicals. By limiting your child’s exposure to harmful plastics and oils, you can create a safer environment. Reuse products from previous children or items donated by your family and friends. Buying less new products means less trash in our landfills.
3. Protect the Air
The air in your home may not seem dirty, but it may be thanks to fumes from harsh cleaning products, secondhand smoke, and residue from industrial materials. The best defense against these fumes is the outdoors. Open your windows to let the air cycle whenever you can and add plants to your home.
4. Natural Cleaning Products
Most stores carry several types of organic cleaning products. They don’t use chemicals or synthetics to clean your surfaces. In fact, many natural, harmless substances can handle most dirty jobs. Vinegar is an antiseptic that kills most bacteria and viruses, including mold. Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and lemon juice are some other safe, effective cleaners.
Organic Nursery Products
You’ll be purchasing a vast array of supplies and furniture before your baby arrives. Make sure each item is made from organic materials that won’t harm your child, especially the crib, changing table, and bassinet. Your child will spend a lot of time in or around these items, so it’s important they are safe.
Written by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban
As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!
Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.
We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.
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